Should you consider a strength and conditioning certification?
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® (CSCS®) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCS® consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.
Certifications for any specialized discipline imparts a degree of authority on the subject matter they cover. Becoming a NSCA
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists® conveys:
- You know the science behind strength and conditioning training
- You have fundamental knowledge of nutritional requirements for athletes
- You are well educated (NSCA CSCS® certification requires a bachelor's degree)
- You can handle emergency situations (requires AED and CPR training)
Your certification gives you credibility in the eyes of patients, employers and colleagues. Your clients know you value quality, they know you're knowledgeable and qualified to serve their unique needs, and they know you're committed to professional excellence.
Take your career to the next level.
About the CSCS® exam
To earn the CSCS® credential, candidates are required to pass a challenging written examination that includes two exam sessions:
- Scientific Foundations
The Scientific Foundations exam contains 80 scored multiple-choice questions, is 1.5 hours in length, and designed to assess a candidate's knowledge in the areas of exercise sciences (anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, etc.) and nutrition.
The Practical/Applied exam contains 110 scored questions, is 2.5 hours in length and designed to assess a candidate's knowledge of program design, exercise techniques, testing and evaluation, and organization/ administration. There are 30-40 video and/or image items that assess competencies in exercise technique, functional anatomy, and testing procedures.
NSCA statistics indicate the passing rate for the CSCS® exam is 63%.
Increase your likelihood of success!
The University Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® exam preparation course that meets face-to-face; a small amount of additional course work is completed online.
Our highly educated and experienced instructors, Tiff Akins and Sam Kent, will teach and break down exam content in a meaningful way through classroom discussion and hands-on training. Spend your valuable time efficiently by focusing your studies on the most relevant exam content. Class enrollment is limited to 24 students. Sign up today!
Prior course work in physiology is strongly encouraged but not required for this course.